TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle, calves missing in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports 10 cows and 5 calves missing from a property in Wood County near Mineola. The cattle went missing sometime around Aug. 18 and are likely estray. They are described as Angus or black motley face or Angus/Charolais crosses and are branded “S/T” on left hip. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252.

Ranching event scheduled Sept. 30 in Dekalb

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the De Kalb Animal Hospital in De Kalb, Texas. Attendees will enjoy a free beef dinner and presentations from TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, who will discuss how to keep their livestock and equipment safe from theft and Texas Beef Council Executive Vice President Richard Wortham will provide an update on the Texas beef checkoff. TSCRA staff also will update cattle raisers on important legislative issues. Read more…

Calf And feeder prices widen gap with fed cattle

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Despite continued volatility, cattle futures gained some ground as cash calf and feeder cattle values continued to strengthen. Yearling feeders sold fully steady to $5/cwt. higher, while calves traded mainly steady to $5 higher. Read more at BEEF Magazine

It will take a lot more rain before the Highland Lakes recover

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Central Texas is having a pretty decent year, rain-wise. We’re sitting just below normal. And it’s been a good week, too: early Thursday, one part of Austin got over seven inches of rain. But two factors are preventing the lakes from benefiting: where the rain is falling and the parched state of the soil it falls on. Read more at The Texas Tribune

Cow-Calf Corner: Winter wheat grazing prospects this fall; Are the bulls ready for the fall breeding season?

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In the Sept. 22 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks winter wheat grazing this fall and Glenn Selk discusses getting bulls ready for fall breeding. Read more…

Ranch Gatherings held in Livingston and Gonzales

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association had almost 200 people attend Ranch Gatherings in Livingston and Gonzales this week. Attendees heard information on protecting themselves from theft, legislative and regulatory issues facing ranchers, and an update on the Texas Beef Checkoff. Read more…

White House Releases Antibiotic Resistance Report

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The Obama Administration announced Sept. 18 a comprehensive set of new federal actions to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and protect public health, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) released a related report on “Combating Antibiotic Resistance.” Read more…

House Passes Jobs Bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) Thursday by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept 16, 2014

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Locally heavy rain came to the Southern Plains during this Drought Monitor week. Areas from southeastern New Mexico and into western and northern Texas benefited. Texas also experienced improvements along the southern Gulf Coast. Central Texas saw some degradation in drought conditions as did the coastal area around Houston. Read more…

Cattle Raisers participate in Food Dialogues conference

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TSCRA member Donnell Brown, rancher from Throckmorton, and TSCRA Director Jason Peeler, feedlot owner, San Antonio, participated in a panel discussion Thursday in Austin covering topics concerning animal welfare, consumer choice and their perception of beef production. Read more…

Mississippi Man Charged with Felony Obtaining Property with Bogus Check

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A Mississippi man was charged on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the District Court of Rogers County, Okla., on felony obtaining property with a bogus check. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation. Read more…

Staples Steps Down

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced today that he will be stepping aside after a lengthy tenure serving the State of Texas as an elected official. Commissioner Staples released this statement: Read more…

New FSIS Salmonella Standards for Beef and Poultry Expected

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A top official with USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service (FSIS) told a meat industry conference that ended Sunday in Charleston, SC, to expect new performance standards for Salmonella. Rachel Edelstein, acting assistant administrator of the FSIS Office of Policy and Program Development, told the North American Meat Association meeting that her unit is testing various species with plans to set new Salmonella performance standards in the next 12 months.  Read More at Food Safety News…

FDA Vetted 7 Percent of Animal Antibiotics for Superbug Risk

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Scientists fear the widespread use of antibiotics on the farm may be a factor in the rise of “superbugs” – bacteria that grow resistant to drugs, infect humans and defy conventional medicines. Amid these concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has come under pressure to curb antibiotic use in farm animals. In 2003, the agency announced plans to evaluate every new animal drug based on the drug’s potential to create superbugs. Read more at Drovers…

Recipe: Beef Picadillo-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Source:  Texas Beef Council    Thirty minutes and a few simple ingredients make a tasty and unusual beef meal for any weeknight or weekend. Find the Full Recipe at the Texas Beef Council…

Join the TSCRA Young Leadership Series in Lubbock October 3-4!

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Are you between the ages of 19 and 40 and looking to get more involved in TSCRA and the cattle industry? Then, you won’t want to miss this exciting weekend of education, fellowship and networking in Lubbock, October 3 and 4. The highlight of the event will be a tour of Cargill Meat Solutions in Friona followed by a feedyard tour on Friday. Friday night, enjoy a social event with TSCRA leadership and a chuckwagon dinner at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Saturday morning will feature presentations and a panel discussion on animal health in feedyards. We’ll talk a little about the Waters of the U.S. issue and go through some advocacy training. We’ll wrap up the event with an exciting panel discussion on feedyard cattle procurement and what that means for you. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet other young people in the cattle industry and learn more about TSCRA. This event is free, but you must register here by September 26. Spots will go fast so register today! The Young Leadership Series is sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in southeast Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, Dist. 22 in southeast Texas, reports the theft of a two calves and a cow from a property in Waller County some time between Sept. 10 and 14. Stolen were red and black heifer calves, both weighing approximately 350 pounds, and a cream colored cow. None of the animals have any marks or brands. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Mast at 936-851-0122. Read more…

Oklahoma man arrested on horse theft charges

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An Oklahoma man was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 10 and charged with theft of livestock after turning himself in to authorities in Wheeler County, Texas. TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston led the investigation. According to Eggleston, the suspect, Rusty Shane Munsell, 43, of Woodward, Okla., is accused of purchasing four horses with a check from a closed account. Three of the four horses were recovered by Eggleston and returned to the rightful owners. Munsell is being held in custody on a $50,000 bond in Wheeler County. Read more…

Cattle is ‘last bull’ as herds dwindle: Riskless Return

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As bulging supplies of commodities such as corn and sugar drive most raw materials lower, cattle futures are providing a haven for commodity investors. Read more…

AMI seeks rehearing on COOL case

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The American Meat Institute (AMI) and eight co-plaintiffs have filed a petition as part of its appeal for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the final rule on country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Read more…